Headquartered in Taiwan, Leadtek Research is a company that specializes in the designing and manufacturing of graphics cards and various types of computer hardware. The company’s products are essentially categorized into two distinct groups: Computer Group and Communications Group. Some of its most popular products include the WinFast Series of 3D graphics accelerators, which are based on the NVIDIA GeForce line of workstation and enthusiast solutions. Motherboards and multimedia cards are also a part of this group. The Communications Group is compromised of a portfolio that includes surveillance, video telephony and GPS solutions.
This company is known for much more than its high-performance Leadtek graphics cards. In fact, it has been a pioneer in the GPS industry since 1997 and was one of the first to introduce the technology in Taiwan. The millennium was all about innovation, as its Leaktek GPS module became the de facto standard for smart antennas. In 2002, Leadtek introduced the first Bluetooth-enabled GPS receiver and the first SMD module in 2004. These innovations were made possible by its highly successful SiRF Star III chipset series, which featured an entire line of cutting edge solutions. The same year, Leadtek also launched the first GPS receiver with equipped with RDS/TMC functionality to the European market. The company continued to introduce revolutionary solutions in 2005 and 2006 with more advanced series of GPS receivers and antennas.
Leadtek is focused on improving the computer hardware and communications markets through the seamless integration of GPS and multimedia videophony technology. The company also intends on extending its portfolio to include broadband network solutions. Leadtek puts an emphasis on improving life in the home and business setting in an energy efficient manner. This has not only been displayed through its responsible manufacturing practices, but the company’s participation in many new green initiatives with respected environmental organizations.